From Wine Spectator’s “Insider” report, July 10, 2013.
Hermitage White Chante-Alouette 2011
95 points | 400 cases imported | White
Gorgeous from the start, this bursts with a mix of peach, mango, orange and melon fruit, while acacia, orange blossom and singed macadamia nut notes fill in the background. A lovely mineral edge frames the finish. Shows power and grace. Drink now through 2024.—J.M.
Ermitage Vin de Paille 2010
99 points | 40 cases imported | Dessert
Very intense, with a tightly focused beam of apricot eau-de-vie, quince, green almond, heather honey, orange zest and persimmon notes that are both rich and lacy at the same time. A wine of bewildering range and stunning precision. Drink now through 2050.
Ermitage White L’Ermite 2010
99 points | 20 cases imported | White
Intense, with terrifically racy lemon oil, blanched almond, green fig, chamomile, white peach, apricot and orange blossom notes driving along. A blaze of minerality shoots through the finish, amplifying the elements dramatically. An absolute stunner. Best from 2015 through 2035. From France.—J.M.
Ermitage White de l’Orée 2010
97 points | 33 cases imported | White
Offers a rich, toothy feel, with a paraffin and brioche frame to the intense layers of creamed pear, apricot and dried peach. Lovely acacia blossom and green almond notes flitter in the background, while a warm piecrust edge holds sway on the finish. Gorgeous range. Best from 2014 through 2030. From France.—J.M.
Ermitage White Le Méal 2010
97 points | 31 cases imported | White
Remarkably lush, with wonderful poise, this carries hefty layers of creamed peach, ginger, graham cracker, piecrust and dried nectarine suavely, revealing a frame of bitter citrus oil and toasted coconut notes on the finish. Should unwind slowly. Best from 2015 through 2030. From France.—J.M.